Cocoa Beach Native Kelly Slater Rolls Through To Quarterfinals at Corona Bali Protected

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KERAMAS • BALI • INDONESIA – Space Coast’s very own Kelly Slater rolled through to the quarterfinals of the Corona Bali Protected off the coast of Indonesia on Monday.

The 11-time world champ defeated France’s Michel Bourez 14.46-14.27 in the round of 16.

Slater will now face Felipe Toledo (Brazil) in Heat 3 of the quarterfinals. Toledo has been picked by many as the favorite to win the title.

Toledo leads in the career series matchup record against Slater 3-1.

Kelly Slater was inducted into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 for profound success on the surf board, which he first learned to do in Cocoa Beach.

Slater, 46, has accomplished many accolades for nearly 30 years that are considered legendary in the surfing world, and the most amazing thing about the man is that his dominance of the sport continues on despite the fact that he’s often competing against athletes half his age.

When Slater won his first Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Championship Tour (WCT) title in 1992 at the age of 20, he became the youngest man to ever win a World Surfing Championship.

The 46-year-old Slater, who graduated from Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr. High School in 1991, has been crowned ASP World Champion a record 11 times, including five consecutive titles from 1994–1998, and was not only the youngest title-holder in ’92, but also the oldest when he claimed the title at age 39 this past November. He is also the all-time leader in career WCT event wins with 55.